A Message from Pastor Matt

January 12, 2018

Church News

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

God doesn’t stop moving.  That’s one of the lessons we learn when observing the workings of the Divine around us.  Whether it is the ever evolving world in which we live, holy scripture, or the history of the Judeo-Christian traditions, we witness a Deity who is always creating and recreating.  Don’t get me wrong, God does rest, taking time for the regenerative work of Sabbath, but even resting is intentional.  God is not into being busy for the sake of being busy.  Whether resting or active, God is intentionally present in the moment that brings about the potential for new life.

Perhaps it is for this reason that do not get to linger too long in the Christmas glow given off by the Christ-child in the manger.  If we hang around the stable too long, we’re left with livestock and memories.  The babe has moved on, transforming into a rabble rousing rabbi that has gathered a motley crew of disciples that travel throughout Galilee healing folks and saying all kinds of controversial things about God’s love for even the most unlikely of people.

The church moves on too, whether I like it or not from Advent and Christmas to the season of Epiphany.  The season starts out in the light of the star and the three travelers who followed it to find Jesus.  Disciples, before they actually realize they were disciples, follow the light that is Christ.  And we too are caught up in the light, finding ourselves modern-day disciples.  Maybe even the most unlikely of disciples.  Followers who are hurried along by full schedules, overflowing to-do lists, and lots and lots of information to process each and every day.

Regardless of how busy we are or how complicated life seems, we are exactly the people that Jesus had in mind as he went to the wilderness to ponder the work to which God had called him.  We are the ones, just like Peter, Andrew, Mary, and Martha, that he invited to come and follow.  We are the ones that Jesus came to save, save from a cold existence apart from God.  Perhaps this is the one of the great discoveries of Epiphany, that God lays claim on us.  We belong to God and Jesus invites us to welcome others to dwell in the light of God’s love.

Blessings on your journey,

­Pastor Matt

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